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Geology Walk at Portmuck

Saturday 1st July
Port Muck
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Go Wild with the Rangers

Saturday 1st July
Carrick–a–Rede
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Car Bazaar

Saturday 1st July
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Rubbish Art

Saturday 1st July
Murlough NNR
Normal Admission, Members Free

Summer Music Sessions in the Drying Green

Sunday 2nd July
Castle Coole
Normal Admission, Members Free

Lazy Sundays

Sunday 2nd July
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

Foster Green Hospital, South Belfast – Laurel Clearance

Sunday 2nd July
Foster Green Hospital, South Belfast
Free

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Powering the Electric and Low Emission Vehicle Future – Increasing Uptake, Opportunities for the Motor Industry & the Energy Grid

Wednesday 5th July
Adelaide House, London Bridge, London EC4R 9HA
See website for details

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Butterfly Safari

Saturday 8th July
Portstewart Strand
Adult £2, Child £1, Member Adult £2, Child £1

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Pirates Picnic

Wednesday 12th July
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Teddy Bears Picnic

Wednesday 12th July
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Go Wild with the Rangers

Friday 14th July
Cushendun
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Geology Walk at Bloody Bridge

Saturday 15th July
Bloody Bridge
No Charge, Donations Welcome

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Bug Detectives

Wednesday 19th July
Mount Stewart
£7.50 per participant

We Want to Hear From You

Thursday 20th July
Castle Archdale
Free

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A Stroll in the Summer Garden

Saturday 22nd July
Mount Stewart
Adult £10, Child £5

Pop up Camping

Saturday 22nd July
Florence Court
Two person tent £30

Summer Music Series

Sunday 23rd July
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Wildlife Trackers

Wednesday 26th July
Mount Stewart
£7.50 per participant

Legacy Fundraising Masterclass with Richard Radcliffe

Thursday 27th July
Ulster University, 25–51 York Street, Belfast BT15 1ED
£25

Woodland Craft Skills Day

Friday 28th July
Cushendun
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Have a go at: Bushcraft Fire

Saturday 29th July
Strangford Lough
Adult Free, Child £3

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Energy

Northern Ireland has a significant renewable energy resource which urgently needs to be utilised to meet the Executive’s commitment to source 40% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

Energy

Northern Ireland has a significant renewable energy resource which, if harnessed appropriately, can contribute to addressing major social issues such as climate change, fuel poverty, energy security and rising energy costs.  NIEL therefore endorses a move away from fossil fuel derived energy and instead supports the development of a low carbon economy based on substantially increasing investment in renewable energy infrastructure. 

Since the beginning of this century there has been rapid growth in the use of land in Northern Ireland for renewable energy generation.  Approximately 15% of Northern Ireland’s annual electricity is now supplied from indigenous renewable sources.  However, considerable investment and cross–sectoral collaboration is required if Northern Ireland is to establish a truly low carbon economy  and fulfil the requirements of the Renewable Energy Directive and the targets included in the Northern Ireland Strategic Energy Framework (40% of electricity consumed from indigenous renewable sources by 2020).

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In 2014, the low carbon and renewable energy (LCRE) economy generated £46.2 billion turnover.

Consumption of renewable and waste sources reached a record high of 14.4 million tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe) in 2014, 7.1% of total energy consumption.

For the 12 month period from April 2015 to March 2016, 25.4% of total electricity consumption in Northern Ireland was generated from renewable sources located in Northern Ireland

In the year ended 31 March 2013, 10,002 homes benefited from the ‘Warm Homes Scheme’ grants, amounting to almost £14.7 million.

The percentage of homes with central heating has risen from 95% in 2001 to 99% in 2011. Gas has seen the largest increase in installations, increasing almost five fold from 2001 to 2011.

The potential annual value of the renewable market to Northern Ireland is estimated to be almost £2bn per annum by 2020.

The total installed wind farm capacity for 2013 was 531.4MW – enough to power 345,410 homes.

Gas central heating was most likely to be used as the sole means of central heating by households in the Greater Belfast area.

Households in Northern Ireland are very dependent on oil for central heating. Oil is used by 62 per cent of households as the sole means of central heating, while gas is used by only 17 per cent of households.

The percentage of homes with central heating has risen from 95% in 2001 to 99% in 2011. Gas has seen the largest increase in installations, increasing almost five fold from 2001 to 2011.

The Offshore Renewable Energy Strategic Action Plan 2012–2020 has identified the opportunity to develop up to 900MW offshore wind and 300MW tidal energy [within NI territorial waters] by 2020.

Northern Ireland has significant offshore renewable energy resources. The development of these resources will not only contribute to the Strategic Energy Framework goal of 40% renewable electricity by 2020, but will increase security of supply and offer significant potential for job creation.

In the period 1st April 2011 to 31st July 2012, the UK as a whole saw £6.9bn investment in renewable energy and 20,848 green jobs.

From 1st April 2011 to 31st July 2012 (latest data available), Northern Ireland saw £230m investment in renewable energy and the creation of 887 green jobs.

The low carbon subsectors account for 39% of total green employment; the renewable energy subsectors account for 38% of total green employment and the environmental sector accounts for 25% of total green employment.

Northern Ireland renewable electricity target is 40% by 2020 and a 4% renewable heat by 2015.

The targets the EU has set for Member States include a minimum cut of 20% in GHGs by 2020, with the U.K. setting itself the aim of achieving an 80% cut from 1990 levels by 2050.

NIE estimates that around £1 billion of grid investment is likely to be required to support a target of 40% renewable electricity.

In total, Northern Ireland currently spends £2.3 billion annually on energy – 99% of that energy comes from imported fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas.

The current heat demand in Northern Ireland has been estimated at 17.4 TWh, of which around 300 GWh, or 1.7%, is met from renewable sources.

The Northern Ireland low–carbon and environmental sector employed 31,714 in 2010/11, equivalent to 3% of total UK employment in the sector. Between 2009/10 and 2010/11 the sector saw a 2.8% increase in employment.

The low–carbon subsectors account for 39% of total green employment; the renewable energy subsectors account for 38% of total green employment and the environmental sector accounts for 25% of total green employment.

The Carbon Trust estimate the creation of between 8,470 and 33,124 jobs from renewable energy by 2020, should targets for renewable energy be met.

From 1st April 2011 to 31st July 2012 Northern Ireland saw £230m investment in renewable energy and the creation of 887 green jobs.

In the period 1st April 2011 to 31st July 2012, the UK as a whole saw £6.9bn investment in renewable energy and 20,848 green jobs.

The Offshore Renewable Energy Strategic Action Plan 2012–2020 has identified the opportunity to develop up to 900MW offshore wind and 300MW tidal energy (within NI territorial waters) by 2020.

3426 planning applications for renewable energy proposals have been received for the period 2002/12.

The number of R.E. applications received in 2002/03 stood at 31. Since then there has been an almost 27–fold increase to 822 applications received in 2011/12, the highest annual figure recorded over the period.

Of the 687 R.E. decisions that were made in 2012/2013 (to end–Feb) 89% were approved.

Omagh Local Government District (LGD) had the highest number of R.E. applications in 2012/13 with 100, closely followed by Fermanagh LGD with 91. These two LGDs, taken together, account for over one–quarter (27%) of all NI R.E. applications in that year.